Turkey: Elections and Beyond

Turkey completed in June 7 an intensive and decisive electoral cycle that started with the municipal elections in March 2014, went through the Presidential ones in August 2014 and ends with the election of the new Parliament. This period has coincided, firstly, with a deterioration of the regional situation in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, the rise of the self-appointed Islam State) and, secondly, with a European Union that it is still struggling to overcome its multi-faceted crisis.

On June 12 2015, CITPAX, CIDOB and the Friends of Turkey in the European Parliament - with the support of the Barcelona City Council - brought together a small group of experts from Turkey and the EU to analyse the implications of the June elections in three different areas: the “Kurdish question”, the relations with the EU and the foreign policy of Turkey, with particular emphasis on the Middle East.